Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/22/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Lexington First UMC
Gateway District
Eddyville Grace UMC
Miller, NE UMC
Oconto UMC
Gateway District
Minden UMC
Gateway District
Greeley, NE UMC
North Loup UMC
Scotia First UMC
Gateway District

Today's Lectionary Text

Colossians 3:12-15

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

Today's Devotional

This is Thanksgiving week, and our hearts, minds and practices turn to gratitude and giving thanks. Consider this question – why be thankful? As persons of faith we have many answers to that question. This year I’m trying to grow in my gratitude and thanksgiving by taking a hint from my dear spouse, Janet Maxwell. She said she always liked to give her third Sunday of November sermon a title of “Thanks and Giving.” Consider what new thoughts come when we break down Thanksgiving to a process of thanks and then giving. 

Well new thoughts came to me when I was reading this passage from Colossians. It lists numerous virtues or elements of our character we should “put on.” And the last in the list, stated in one firm complete sentence, is “And be thankful.” So, what can happen if after our thanks we give? 

Consider one of the first questions you faced this morning – what should I put on and wear today? Well, what if we expanded that question each morning to decide what virtue and faith practice we will give to the world today? In the midst of a culture filled with a “narrative of negativity,” what virtue will I intentionally wear, show and give to the world. Consider all the possibilities (from this Colossians 3 text) to choose from each day: “Compassion, Kindness, Humility, Meekness, Patience, Forbearance, Forgiveness, Love, Peace.” That’s a list I am posting on my bathroom mirror so each morning I can choose a virtue and spiritual practice to “put on” for the day. 

And I am just wondering, if I also seek to wear thankfulness each day, putting on the other “practice clothes” may come a little easier. What do you think? 

-Rev. Rick Saylor, retired clergy 
Kansas City, Missouri 

Prayer for Reflection

Reflect on these words from Wendell Berry: “everything we need is here.” 

 

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